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David Rawlings - Poor David's Almanack (Acony)

Some years ago, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings were at the forefront of a resurgence in the interest around American traditional music and its roots. It was a similar reaction against the schmaltzy aspects of Nashville to the one pushed forward by 'outlaw' and 'new' country acts before them...

Fine Lines - Hour of Need (Parade Recordings)

Before I start, I shall have to declare an interest – I like Fine Lines and looked forward to the release of this, their debut album with a fair degree of anticipation and on initial listening was not disappointed. However, in the interest of fairness and objectivity, HOUR OF NEED was shared with...

Callaghan - The Other Side (Self Release)

It comes as little surprise that Lincolnshire-born singer-songwriter Georgina Callaghan, known professionally by her surname only, chooses to pursue a radio friendly pop direction on this her latest EP release. Following the current trend for releasing shorter bursts of creativity, Callaghan's five...

Sam Baker - Land of Doubt (Self Release)

Texan singer-songwriter Sam Baker seems to have taken his time with this, his fifth album, once again engaging his audience with a selection of highly distinctive songs from the heart. The first thing we notice is Sam's particularly mannered singing style, where he inserts spaces between each word...

Jupiter and Okwess - Kin Sonic (Glitterbeat)

There's something striking about the Congolese musician Jean-Pierre Bokondji (aka Jupiter), his tall gangly frame and growling voice as deep as the ocean being his most notable features. A formidable presence on stage, the singer commands attention, whilst his band Okwess (Kibunda for 'food'),...

Reg Meuross - Faraway People (Hatsongs Records)

Reg Meuross is one of the most reliable singer songwriters in the country today. His songs are often touching, poignant and easily accessible, yet he doesn't feel a need to shriek or scowl, grumble or growl, rather, he stands before us with guitar in hand and moves through a song as a concerned...

When Rivers Meet - Liberty (One Road Records)

This debut release from British duo When Rivers Meet, essentially husband and wife team Grace and Aaron Bond, shows some promise, especially in the duo's trump card, Grace Bond's instantly accessible and distinctive voice, emphasised in the delicate Y ou Blinded Me . Most of the self-penned...

The Last Dinosaur - The Nothing (Naim Records)

At 16, Music college students Jamie Cameron and James MacDonald, as When I Was A Little Girl, recorded the well received 2005 independent album GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE AND GOODNIGHT, a year later a tragic car crash, involving them both, claimed the life of James. By his own admission Jamie had had an...

Cambridge Folk Festival Walkabout

Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge Thursday 27 - Sunday 30 July 2017 Loudon Wainwright III probably harbours only the vaguest memories of the first time he appeared on the bill at his own very first Cambridge Folk Festival back in 1974, when he played to a much smaller audience and from a much smaller...

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